What is a Near Miss Report?
Near miss reports are detailed statements of near miss events which could have resulted in injury or property damage. It is used by safety officers to record the details of near miss events so that risks can be mitigated and more serious, even fatal, incidents can be prevented.
A good near miss report should be easily understood, comprehensive, and contain the following fundamental details:
- Date and time of the near miss event
- Location of the incident
- Details about the incident such as hazards, objects, and threats involved
- People involved, including affected persons and witnesses
Near Miss Reporting Example
Near miss reporting is essential in every industry, especially those that put workers at risk of accidents. It raises organizational awareness about the threats, hazards, and risks that an employee faces and should deal with.
An employee used a ladder to get up on the roof and fix a leak. Upon reaching the 4th step/rung, his foot slips, but he manages to regain his balance and no accident occurred.
Following submission of a near miss report, the ladder was inspected and it was found that a step grip was missing. This was immediately rectified, preventing other employees from getting into a similar accident or near miss incident.
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Technology to Streamline Near Miss Reporting
Near misses can occur daily in all industries, but they are not always reported and sometimes considered too trivial. Paper-based near miss report forms also take longer to fill out and the submitted paper forms tend to get lost, making pen and paper an impractical solution.
Risks are often time-sensitive and taking proper action on near miss report findings can prevent incidents from recurring and causing more serious problems.
iAuditor is a powerful mobile app that allows easy paperless near miss reporting with photos as evidence to better describe incidents for future preventive measures. Electronic reports done on the iAuditor app can be submitted and shared faster, with intended recipients receiving notifications via the app itself, email, or SMS.
Browse these 3 easy-to-use digital near miss forms you can download and use for free anytime, anywhere with the iAuditor mobile app.